26 de fevereiro de 2024

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French words used in everyday English

Dear fellow ELT professionals,

There are quite a few French words used in everyday English.
Here is a small selection of 21 common ones that often pop up in everyday conversation.

Sabotage
Chauffeur
Chandelier
Camouflage
Champagne
Concierge
Mirage
Espionage
Faux-pas
Fiancé
Cliché
Cul-de-sac
Debris
Ballet
Brunette
Bureau
Chic
Detour
Omelette
Souvenir
Coup d´état

Pronunciation: Watch out!
The CH in Chauffeur, Chandelier, Chic and Champagne is pronounced differently from the CH in Chair, Chocolate and Chance and so many other words starting in CH.

Chauffeur – Click here to listen!

Chandelier – Click here to listen!

Chic – Click here to listen!

Hope you´ve enjoyed this post,

Au revoir!

José Roberto A. Igreja is the author and co-author of several ELT books, including:  

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